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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Magic Just Too Much For Fitzsimmons' Suns

PHOENIX, Arizona -- Shaquille O'Neal scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter and the Orlando Magic defeated Phoenix 113-95 to spoil Cotton Fitzsimmons' debut in his third stint as coach of the Suns.


Fitzsimmons, who last coached in the 1991-92 season, returned from the front office Wednesday night to replace Paul Westphal, who was fired Tuesday.


Michael Finley scored 18 points for Phoenix, which dressed the league minimum of eight players for the fifth game in a row.


Hawks 102, Pacers 93. In Atlanta, Georgia, the Hawks took advantage of flu-ridden Reggie Miller's absence, holding Indiana scoreless for nearly five minutes in the third quarter and, paced by Stacey Augmon, won their fifth straight game 102-93.


Nets 97, Hornets 93. In Charlotte, North Carolina, two free throws by Kenny Anderson with 6.6 seconds remaining clinched New Jersey's victory over Charlotte, 97-93. The loss prevented the Hornets from reaching the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 11.


Heat 96, Bullets 89. In Miami, Alonzo Mourning tied his season high with 38 points and Miami overcame the ejection of two players to beat Washington 96-90 and snap the Heat's five-game losing streak.


Juwan Howard of Washington and Miami's Bimbo Coles and Keith Askins were ejected following the second-period brawl.


Bucks 111, 76ers 100. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Glenn Robinson scored 37 points and Milwaukee overcame Philadelphia's 81 percent first-quarter shooting to beat the 76ers 111-100 and hand them their third straight loss.


Rockets 120, Nuggets 112. In Denver, Colorado, Hakeem Olajuwon scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter to power Houston Rockets over Denver 120-112.


Clyde Drexler added 22 points as the Rockets continued to be struck by injuries. Mario Elie suffered a broken right wrist and Sam Cassell bruised his left shoulder in second-quarter mishaps.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)